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Date published: April 8, 1998

Water Quality in White River Basin Affected by Urban and Agricultural Activities

Water quality in the White River Basin is impacted by urban and agricultural activities, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

Date published: April 6, 1998

Dr. Nancy Milton Named Director of USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Dr. Nancy Milton was named today to the post of center director at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Milton, succeeds Dr. Gregory Smith, who selected her for the position. Dr. Smith is now the USGS Acting Eastern Regional Chief Biologist in Leetown, W.Va.

Date published: April 1, 1998

USGS To Study Young Forests and Streamsides in Western Oregon

USGS is launching a long-term program to study plants, animals and their habitats on federal forested lands in western Oregon. The 10-year program, which begins this summer, is expected to help improve forest management practices.

Date published: March 31, 1998

Research Reveals Link Between Development and Contamination in Urban Watersheds

A U.S. Geological Survey study of urban watersheds across the United States reveals a link between a class of organic contaminants and urbanization. The organic contaminants are known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s).

Date published: March 27, 1998

USGS Raises Reston Heart Rates at Open House

Attention runners! The USGS in Reston, Va., will resound with footsteps as the 1998 USGS Open House 5K Race and 2K Fun Run get underway, Saturday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m. The running events, which are sponsored by the Interior Department Recreation Association, will enliven the atmosphere of the USGS Open House, which occurs April 25-26.

Date published: March 20, 1998

Comet that triggered mass extinction was much larger than originally thought...

Minuscule fossil animal teeth, known as conodonts, indicate that a 370-million-year-old comet that slammed into Nevada could be as much as five times larger than scientists initially suspected.

Date published: March 19, 1998

Dr. Milton Friend To Chair Salton Sea Science Subcommittee

Dr. Milton Friend, director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, has been named by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to serve as chairman of the Salton Sea Science Subcommittee.

Date published: March 18, 1998

Mega Earthquake Not Likely For Southern California

Southern California is not likely to experience a "huge earthquake,"according to two scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 17, 1998

From Alabama to Alaska, Earthquakes Get Close Examination from USGS Scientists

The potential for earthquakes in many parts of the United States, a review of the more than 10,000 earthquakes that have occurred near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., during the past year, and updates on the monitoring of earthquakes, mine explosions and earthquake-induced landslides are part of 32 presentations by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey at the annual meeting of the Seismological...

Date published: March 17, 1998

USGS and Whatcom County Plan Ground Water Study

How soil fumigants affect ground water is the focus of a new study to be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Whatcom County.

Date published: March 16, 1998

San Andreas Fault on the Move at Parkfield

Although the San Andreas fault near Parkfield, Calif., has not yet produced a predicted magnitude-6 earthquake, geodetic measurements now indicate that fault movements near Parkfield sped up in 1993, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientist Evelyn Roeloffs.

Date published: March 16, 1998

USGS Maps Show Where Earthquakes May Trigger Landslides in Southern California

Earthquakes, as well as heavy rains, can cause landslides, but with the completion of a new U.S. Geological Survey mapping project, scientists and planners can see where those landslides might be triggered by southern California’s next large earthquake.